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What To Do When Your Home Has Storm Damage

06 Jun 2016 1:43 PM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

This time of year is storm season in Minnesota. The cooler temps of spring are winding down and summer’s humidity - and storms - are upon us. Unfortunately, many summer construction projects have less to do with additions to your home and more to do with damage inflicted by mother nature.

If you experience storm damage this summer, there are a few things to keep in mind before hiring someone to help you clean up the mess. Unlicensed or inexperienced contractors might seem like a cheap, quick fix and a great way to save you money at first, but once the next big storm hits, your project couild get a lot more expensive.

If you are looking to hire a contractor to fix your summer storm damage, keep the following red flags in mind:

·        The contractor is not licensed. This is a huge sign that you have the wrong person for the job.

·        The contractor requires either full payment or a large down payment before he or she has begun the project.

·        They ask you to sign an estimate or an exclusive agreement on the first meeting - experienced contractors that are confident in their work won’t need to pressure you into making a decision too quickly. Be careful of being pressured to sign documents and read the small print!

·        On the flip side, untrustworthy contractors sometimes don’t want to sign anything! Before you begin a project with a contractor, get all your expectations, agreements, and details down in writing.

·        The contractor doesn’t have a permanent or business address. In these cases, P.O. boxes can be very fishy - even a home address says more.

·        If the contractor doesn’t want you to talk to the insurance company. Experienced builders have plenty of knowledge about insurance. If yours doesn’t want to talk about it, they might be untrustworthy.

·        They ask YOU to get the building or remodeling permit.

·        They don’t have referrals from past clients.

When it comes to fixing your property or home after a storm, the smartest and safest way is to hire a licensed contractor. The Central Minnesota Builders Association can help you find one to fit your needs - our members know their stuff. Visit CMBAonline.org to see our member directory, find even more information about CMBA contractors, and more.


Summer storms are inevitable - damage happens. Some contractors are content in collecting their check and leaving you feeling under the weather, but CMBA members help you see the light. Find yours today. 


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